No matter which way they turn, organizations are increasingly expected to find
better and faster ways of responding to the change challenges presented by the
revolution in information technology, increased globalization, smarter customers,
and a constantly changing employee base.
Contract and Procurement Management.
Many times it is the project manager that is on the buying end of the project. Most of the time we think of projects as work that we are doing to produce a set of deliverables that will be delivered to some organizations. However, often the project manager is required to hire another project manager to produce goods and services for his or her organization. When this is done, the roles and responsibilities of the project managers change somewhat. It is necessary to have assurance that the hired project manager and his or her team will...
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Managing Change and Transition
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Managing Change and Transition
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How many times have you attempted to change your
organization— whether the entity is a team, division, company,
government agency, or nonprofit? Like most organizations, yours
probably faced severe downsizing in response to the financial crisis
of 2008. Reducing personnel, retracting from markets, and
scaling down your organization must have presented a difficult
leadership challenge. Perhaps in better times you were assigned the
task of implementing a new information system, manufacturing
procedure, or customer- service process.
Management consultant by day, major–league-baseball writer by
night, I didn’t see the connection between my two jobs. Then came
the day I witnessed a remarkably self-destructive client insist on a foolish
decision—and in the evening watched the worst manager of post–World
War II baseball destroy his team’s slender chances for the season with a
boneheaded move hauntingly identical to my client’s.